Archive for the ‘Parent Resources’ Category

SciGirls, an award-winning PBS KIDS series, website, and national outreach initiative for ages 8-12, is in its 3rd season.  Inspiring girls to science are animated characters Izzie, her best friend Jake, and the SciGirls — bright, curious, real-life scientist mentors.  Izzie also invites viewers to hang out on the SciGirls website, a safe social networking environment where girls can play games, connect, create personal profiles and avatars, share projects and watch every episode.

You can also find hundreds of SciGirls’ resources for students (more…)

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The first duty of love is to listen.”  Paul Tillich

Making time to read with a child seems a goal many parents set.  In an article at PBS Parents, Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.,Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill-Cornell Medical College, makes a cogent case for reserving time, perhaps at the end of the day, to listen to children.

In his article at PBS Parents, How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child, — one you may want to share with parentsDr. Barish points out the inevitable “emotional injuries” that children experience and what parents can say to help (more…)

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PBS KIDS Arthur kicks off Season 19 with all-new episodes and exciting scientific adventures beginning Monday, January 18.  Whether exploring the inner workings of the brain or illustrating the many fun uses of math, these stories of self-discovery tackle a STEM curriculum with Arthur’s enduring empathy and humor.

Children can also explore the world of Arthur with a collection of educational resources aimed at viewers ages four through eight.  Arthur’s goal is to help foster an interest in reading and writing and to encourage positive social skills


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gingerbread-2015You’ll find holiday magic this season on the second floor of the Springfield Science Museum where Seussian Holiday: Gingerbread Competition is casting its spell until January 3, 2016.   Inside this enchanted space, the scent of sugary gingerbread and the festive sounds of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas set the stage for fantastic gingerbread creations of all shapes and sizes by young and old.

For resources on Dr. Seuss, gingerbread, The Cat in the Hat and more, (more…)

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On any given day across America, approximately 660,000 drivers use cell phones or manipulate electronic devices.  Nationwide, more than 1,300 people are injured every day on the nation’s highways as a result of a distracted driving crash.  Who better to lead a first-of-its-kind project to turn the tide on texting and driving — “Game Over: Empowering Kids to Prevent Distracted Driving” — than Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius, who has generated 40 million video streams since its launch last year and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Award?

The Connecticut Department of Transportation’s Governor’s Highway Safety Program and WGBH created this initiative to encourage kids to become better passengers and to play an active role in helping parents keep their eyes on the road.  In addition to the resources shown in this video, you’ll find (more…)

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PBS KIDS has released its first coding app, PBS KIDS ScratchJr, just in time for Computer Science Education Week.  As part of the week’s activities, the international launch of the Hour of Code takes place to encourage young children to learn this vital new language that will be part of their learning futures.

As this video shows, with PBS KIDS ScratchJr kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite characters from Wild Kratts, Nature Cat, WordGirl and Peg + Cat!  Designed for kids ages 5-8, the storytelling possibilities are endless with this creative coding app.  (more…)

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Forty-six years young on November 10th, Sesame Street is a national treasure — for adults as well as children.  As we see in this video clip, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Sesame Street.  In fact, the parent of a former student once told me that when she came to this country from Lebanon, she learned English by watching Sesame Street.

Sesame Street offers resources that extend beyond watching the program.  (more…)

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